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Sunday, November 22, 2009

This morning I got up and had breakfast - a bowl of Cheerios with soymilk - and then I got on with my day. A few hours after I ate, I rearranged some things around the house for 15 or 20 minutes and then suddenly became extremely light-headed and dizzy. I was sure I was going to pass out! I sat with my head between my knees for 5 minutes or so but I still felt very wobbly.
I managed to make my way to the kitchen and grabbed some mixed nuts to eat. I had a lie down for 15 minutes or so and started to feel better.

Once I was feeling steady again, I made myself a protein packed lunch. Half an hour after I ate, I felt good as new, so that confirmed my suspicion that my dizzy spell was due to not having enough to eat.

I'm confused and somewhat frustrated by this experience. I felt like I was doing fairly well at following my food plan, but I have definitely not been losing weight at the rate I think I should be for the amount that I'm eating. I also find that as a vegetarian, I have a hard time meeting my protein requirements.

Spark recommends a calorie range for me of 1200-1600 per day. Today's episode has proved to me that I'm missing something. I will increase my calories but I'm worried that it might be something else that caused the problem.

I took the day off from my meal plan and allowed myself to eat what I wanted within reason. I feel perfectly fine now, but I'm scared that this might happen again. I'm really not quite sure what to do...I know that Spark is meant to be a guideline and that different people have different needs, but how do I find the balance that's right for me?
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    1200-1600.....that seems kinda low, doesn't it? I've visited the "Nutrtition 101" section here and I'm still confused by how Spark sets the calorie range.

    Is there much guidance on here from Vegetarian groups?

    I hope you're feeling better.

    3615 days ago
    I changed my weight ticker last week and Spark re-adjusted by calories accordingly. They recommended 1200-1600 calories, which I know I'd struggle with, so I put my calories back up to 1500-2100 (I like a wide range of flexibility in my calories). That range has worked really well for me so far and, as I'm still 250lbs, I think I can afford to eat a little bit more for a while longer before I consider reducing my calories quite so drastically.

    If you're feeling faint, then you are probably not eating enough. Everybody is different and not everyone can cope with reducing their calories that far. After all, if we need 2000 calories just to maintain our weight, then anything less is bound to result in a loss, especially if we increase our activity. I'm not going to eat less than 1500 calories until I get to the point where my weight loss stalls and I have to reassess my position. After all, there's no point making ourselves ill - that kind of defeats the purpose, don't you think?

    I'm glad you're taking control of your diet, rather than blindly following something a computer has dreamed up for you. See how you get on eating a little more and hopefully it'll work for you.

    Have a great week,

    Charlie x
    3615 days ago
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